Local Governance Specialist

FHI 360, Jakarta, Indonesia

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th February, 2019

Job Description

Job Summary:

The position will work under the leadership of the Senior Technical Advisor and will support civil society organizations (CSOs) to strengthen relationships with local governments to work as partners on accountability issues – especially the disbursement of funds and the provision of public services at the local level. Availability of position is contingent upon award to FHI 360. Position is expected to begin on March, 2019.


The Local Governance Advisor will:

  • Provide support for improving civil society relationships and engagement with local government, enabling CSOs to work in partnership with local government officials while simultaneously addressing issues of accountability and tolerance;
  • Work with a team of 32 field coordinators to build their capacities to engage local governments in capacity development interventions that work with CSOs;
  • Develop tools to equip CSOs to better engage with local governments, including talking points, roundtable consultation strategies, public-private working group approaches, etc.;
  • Work with local CSOs and Pemda to develop interventions to strengthen the accountability of community and facility-based services, including provision of information and public oversight, with a particular focus on Maternal and Newborn Health.
  • Oversee strategies to build strategic alliances among local government, CSOs, and the private sector;
  • Oversee seminars for CSOs on local and village government structure and governance;
  • Oversee technical assistance to district government offices to build the understanding about the benefits of engaging with local CSOs;
  • Explore opportunities for CSOs to collaboration with local legislative councils (DPRD);
  • Provide technical assistance to local governments on how to develop and use a performance measurement system for CSOs;
  • Provide technical assistance to district government on implementing the section on procuring CSOs in Presidential Regulation on Public Procurement (Perpres 16/2018),
  • Oversee the provision of legal clinics for CSOs;
  • Develop seminars for target CSOs on local government structure, local governance processes, Perda-making, and engagement.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures with providing technical support for research studies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated program/project management skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with others.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with using Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify errors and prepare reports.
  • Ability to problem solve and implements corrective action as needed.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, education, law, political science, public administration, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Minimum of 15 years senior level experience in local governance, civil society, organizational capacity building, advocacy, rule of law, or other related democracy, rights, and governance sectors;
  • At least 10 years of experience providing training, mentoring, and TA to local CSOs, Pemda and/or DPRD. Experience supporting community and facility-based work in the health sector is an advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and navigate politically sensitive terrain;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and consultants, and to set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities required. Familiarity with USAID programming, including rules and regulations is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants, and recipients of assistance required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Bahasa Indonesia required

Travel Requirements: >25%

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


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